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The Woman Who Made Science Beautiful

Where others sought separation, Maria Sibylla Merian saw connection.<p><i>Updated on August 2, 2016</i><p>It was silkworms that first captured 13–year–old Maria Sibylla Merian’s attention. She would later graduate to a wider set of creatures, watching caterpillars, pupae, butterflies, and moths for days, weeks, …

Insects

CrossFit’s extremely lucrative business plan is also deceptively simple

“I don’t understand CrossFit’s business plan,” my middle-aged friend said, looking up from the floor where he lay next to a barbell, panting in a pool of his own sweat. Like many of the former athletes, weekend warriors, and get-in-shape hopefuls who have flooded to this cult-like fitness program, …

Social Media

When Criminal Law Meets Neuroscience

<i>Robert J. Szczerba is the CEO of X Tech Ventures, an innovative company focused on solving some of today’s most challenging problems through the integration of technologies from multiple, diverse domains. This post originally appeared on Forbes.</i><p>Transformative technology marks the progress of …

The frog with kaleidoscope eyes: psychedelic close-ups of nature

Nature photographer Michael Kern turns reptiles, insects and creepy-crawlies into strange psychedelic creations. It’s time to get up close and weird

The Difference Between the Beautiful and the Sublime, Animated

Britain’s Open University has previously given us some illuminating animated explainers of the history of the English language, the world’s major religions, philosophy’s greatest thought experiments, and the major creative movements in design. They have now partnered with BBC broadcaster and <i>In Our</i> …

Senator Al Franken Expresses Concern Over Uber's Actions

A letter written by Senator Al Franken and addressed to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick expresses concern over the company’s actions over the last few days and asks for them to address concerns surrounding privacy.<p>Franken expresses concern that the privacy policies on the Uber website do “not match or …

Joan Didion Answers the Proust Questionnaire

In the 1880s, long before he claimed his status as one of the greatest authors of all time, teenage Marcel Proust (July 10, 1871–November 18, 1922) filled out an English-language questionnaire given to him by his friend Antoinette, the daughter of France’s then-president, as part of her “confession …

Round vs. square: Smartwatch design divide steals Google I/O spotlight

As devices running Android Wear emerge, the big debate at Google I/O was the choice between a practical square or a more natural round design.<p>The most divisive debate rippling through the smartwatch community is not about software, price point, or battery life. Rather, it centers on a simple design …

Wearable Tech

The Solution That Could Help More Minority Entrepreneurs Get Funding

“It’s weird, they always travel in groups of five, these programmers. There’s always a tall skinny white guy, short skinny Asian guy, fat guy with a ponytail, some guy with crazy facial hair, and then an east-Indian guy. It’s like they trade until they all have the right group.”<p>Lines from the …

Breathtaking Photos of the Blue Forest in Belgium

If you love discovering extraordinary travel destinations off the beaten path, do we have a place for you. Though this may look like a scene straight out of a fairy-tale, this blue forest is, in fact, real. Just 30 minutes south of Brussels, in Belgium, is a forest called Hallerbos. During the …

Photography

The Backfire Effect: The Psychology of Why We Have a Hard Time Changing Our Minds

<i>“Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind,”</i> I wrote in reflecting on the 7 most important things I learned in 7 years of <i>Brain Pickings</i>. It’s a conundrum most of us grapple with — on the one hand, the awareness that personal growth means transcending our smaller selves as we …

How to Pitch Yourself: Young Eudora Welty’s Impossibly Charming Job Application to The New Yorker

<i>“Only when we take ourselves lightly can we take ourselves seriously, so that we are given the courage to say, ‘Yes! I dare disturb the universe,'”</i> Madeleine L’Engle riffed on T.S. Eliot in her magnificent meditation on creativity. But in the quest to find fulfilling work, we stand in our own way …

Five Five Spiritual Mysteries: #2 Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?

CHOPRA FOUNDATION NEWS<p>http://store.augsburgfortress.org<p>By Deepak Chopra, MD<p>In every spiritual tradition, different as they are, God is taken to be …

If Mind Comes First: Talk By Neil Soten Theise

Standard, contemporary approaches to explaining the “hard problem of consciousness”start with assumptions about matter, energy, space and time. These …

Our Future Depends on Spirituality & Science

<b>Working Together</b><p>It’s commonly accepted that science and spirituality are not compatible. Science is considered our reliable way forward, while …

Nanorobots that hide in your blood like viruses could someday fight cancer

When it comes to fighting disease, your body’s defense system doesn’t like enlisting outside help. Overcoming this “locals only” attitude has been a huge handicap for scientists trying to make medical nanorobots, but now a team from Harvard thinks they’ve developed a disguise that will help the …

Immunotherapy

Space.com

Find out what the latest lead on the mystery behind #DarkMatter and #DarkEnergy is: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/zd3a

Photo of the Day: Best of March

When people ask me what makes a Photo of the Day—a curated look at photography around National Geographic—my answer is simple: I have to want to spend time with the picture, and whether full of complex detail or exquisitely simple, it has to stand on its own. The photos I choose are meant to be a …

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

Snow in the Canyon